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The News-Times publishes letters this week from supporters of Kathryn Harrington, Marc Thielman and Kevin Barton.

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Harrington is making a difference in Washington County

Ever since Kathryn Harrington became county commission chair about four years ago, I have attended many county commission work sessions and county commission meetings.

I have witnessed her keen sense of organization; her knowledge of issues because of her hard work searching for data; her making sure job descriptions are well-formulated so that the staff can select top candidates to fill county positions; her reorganizing the government relations director position into three government relations directors with top-notch people — one a former Sen. Jeff Merkley's Washington County field director — and her treating staff, volunteers and citizens/residents with respect and dignity.

She deserves to be re-elected, and Washington County needs to continue receiving her dedicated leadership.

Dale Feik, Forest Grove

Time for conservative change in Oregon

For the past two years, I've searched real estate all over the country, and fantasized leaving Oregon, because my family and I are fed up with the weakness and incompetence of our current administration here in our state. Some of my friends have already moved and they took their businesses with them!

The homeless encampments all over the city are sad on many levels, and our state's weak administration is doing a disservice to those who are on the streets, as well as to the hard working citizens who live here.

It's an embarrassment that Portland, Oregon, is known worldwide, for the dangerous and destructive riots we've experienced, and the current administration has not protected businesses or our citizens! People are afraid to go downtown, and now with so many businesses closed, there's not much reason to go downtown anymore.

The current administration is running our beautiful state into the ground, and as a native Oregonian, this breaks my heart.

The mask mandates and lockdowns — especially for schoolchildren — have never been scientifically proven. We now see that they were not only unsuccessful, but highly damaging, both psychologically and financially!

We need leaders who will work for the people, and I am impressed with Marc Thielman, a candidate for governor. From what I've learned about Marc, he has what it takes to restore law and order, support healthcare choice, bring strong economic policies for small businesses and job creation, fight for affordable housing solutions, support school choice and stand up for all students and families.

I'm hopeful that Marc Thielman will be our next Oregon governor and that we'll finally have the strong leadership Oregonians so desperately need and deserve!

Diana McIntosh, Beaverton

DA has kept Washington County safe

Kevin Barton is running for re-election as district attorney for Washington County.

I first met Mr. Barton when he rang my doorbell in 2018 canvassing neighborhoods, spreading the word he was running for election for the district attorney position. I was impressed with him then, and I still am.

Among his many accomplishments here are two examples that I think are important public issues. The first is the specialty Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), for military vets with addiction or mental illness. These vets have given much to our country, and we owe it to them to do our best to help them succeed in their time of trouble.

The second is prioritizing community outreach and transparency by forming a new Family Peace Center to serve victims of child abuse and domestic violence. He believes that providing these essential services is a form of criminal justice reform that has the potential to produce generational change.

Kevin Barton has stood for public safety and believes in keeping Washington County a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

Please join me and re-elect Kevin Barton for Washington County district attorney.

Cindy Mitchell, Raleigh Hills

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